Despite being a country of strong First Nations and migrant cultures, the stories of these communities have often been left out of our history books and modern-day fiction. Youth curator Sina Aghamofid speaks with three acclaimed authors who have brilliantly given voice to the struggles and successes of characters from backgrounds that are usually pushed to the margins. Featuring Meet Me at the Intersection editors Rebecca Lim and Ambelin Kwaymullina and contributor Rafeif Ismail.
Supported by the City of Parramatta.
Ambelin Kwaymullina (Australian)
Ambelin Kwaymullina is a writer, illustrator and law academic who comes from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. She writes for children and young adults, and is a prolific commentator on diversity in literature. Her latest works are Catching Teller Crow, and Meet Me At the Intersection, an anthology of works by writers who are Indigenous, People of Colour, LGBTIQA+, and/or living with a disability.
Rafeif Ismail (Australian)
Rafeif Ismail is a refugee and third culture youth of the Sudanese diaspora. A multilingual writer, Rafeif was the winner of the 2017 Deborah Cass Prize for Writing, the 2018 Convocation of UWA Graduates Bryant Stokes Matilda Award for Cultural Excellence (Literature) and a finalist for the 2018 WA Youth Awards Cultural Endeavours category. She is a contributor to anthologies Meet Me At the Intersection and Growing Up African in Australia and has been published by Margaret River Press, Mascara Literary Review, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin and Djed Press.
Rebecca Lim (Australian)
Rebecca Lim is a Melbourne writer, illustrator, editor and lawyer. She is the author of nineteen books, including The Astrologer's Daughter (a Kirkus Best Book of 2015 and CBCA Notable Book for Older Readers) and the bestselling Mercy. Her work has been shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award, Aurealis Award and Davitt Award, among others. She is a co-founder of the Voices from the Intersection initiative, and co-editor of Meet Me at the Intersection.
Ali Al Haj (Australian)
Ali is a recent UNSW graduate, who since attending and performing at Bankstown Poetry Slam, has worked on breaking stereotypes, whether in the workplace or on stage. He expresses his stories, experiences and opinions through spoken word poetry. Over the last 2 years, Ali has performed at events and venues including; Sydney Writers' Festival, the Biennale of Sydney, Parliament House Canberra, and recently, his 3rd consecutive Bankstown Poetry Grand Slam.